Film Reviews by SoniaGee

Welcome to SoniaGee's film reviews page. SoniaGee has written 26 reviews and rated 37 films.

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The Vanishing

Awful!

(Edit) 24/11/2023

Only rent this film if you want to be kept awake through the night following. I wish I had not seen it.

The story drags the mind into it, until the end. Like a true murder. I recommend that only if you're unemotional it might suit you.

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Dead Calm

Gruesome

(Edit) 04/09/2023

I am not generally of a nervous disposition, but I turned this off after about 30 minutes.

How it was given a 'teenager' age rating, seemed to me completely wrong.

Of course, some do revel in dead bodies and madmen....

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The Quiet Girl

The miracle

(Edit) 05/07/2023

An 8-yr.old girl, surviving, just, on a farm-- in a household of stress, Money and drink, the reasons.

Then her parents send her to stay with her aunt and uncle-- for a year.

Gradually, she starts to be an average child, through Kindness. Something lacking, at home.

An uplifting, emotion-filled film. (English subtitles....)

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Hungry for Love

Italian saga

(Edit) 25/04/2023

The film centres around some young women who work together. Not in the rag trade, a more down-to-earth way

of earning their living.

After finally getting the english subtitling to work, I enjoyed the film very much.

If you are a prude, it might not be for you.

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Shoot the Pianist

So very French!

(Edit) 04/04/2023

An offbeat film, featuring Charles Aznavour. I watched it twice, (better than tv....)

It may--or may not be to your taste, but being a francophile...........

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Water and Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, the Colours of Life

Wonderful dip into delicious films

(Edit) 19/02/2023

If you like classic Italian films, in particular, this is a a way of linking them all together, by Carlo di Parma, who worked on most of them.

90 minutes of pleasure.

His eye for the framing, and his exacting colour selection, e.g. "ripe red apple", as opposed to "just a red", when putting a scene together, before filming

improved what would have been a good film, to a wonderful one.

I enjoyed being reminded of all these classic films, often black and white, from the masters of film over several years since WWll.

I don't do ratings often, but this was a must.

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Everybody Knows

Annoying English commentary

(Edit) 16/01/2023

I like films from Europe very often, but this one, with well-known actors, disappointed, as I wanted english sub-titles.

Instead, an almost continuous voice, there was a woman's voice, speaking in english,-- when silence would have been more suitable.

The film was longer than it could have been. I turned it off before the end.

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Knocked Up

Tedious

(Edit) 05/12/2022

This might appeal to younger people, but I switched off halfway.

Not funny or even interesting.

Give it to a charity shop!

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Sweet Sixteen

Perhaps the saddest film I ever saw.

(Edit) 26/11/2022

Ken Loach is a brilliant film-maker.

There's no denying.

But the human situation portrayed here, is the desperate one of drugtakers and criminals that makes hard viewing.

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The lovers on the bridge

Superb acting by the two main actors.

(Edit) 26/11/2022

Having seen Juliette Binoche in sophisticated roles previously, this film showed just how versatile she is!

I am still amazed at how she played this part, so naturally.

A bonus is the part where France partied to celebrate its 200 yrs centenary, with an amazing fireshow over the R.Seine.....

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Country Strong

Poor value

(Edit) 28/10/2022

I love a lot of Country Music, but trying to see any merit in this film was difficult. The story was so weak. The acting awful. I do not recommend iit.

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Manchester by the Sea

Moving

(Edit) 16/04/2022

A friend told me that he'd seen it, and thought I should see it too.

Having lost a very close partner through illness, much of the film rang true. It brought up all the sad memories I lived through, at that time.

I thought the film perfectly crafted, and was surprised at just how skifully it was made.

I believe it is a film for mature adults.

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Nomadland

Tedious

(Edit) 16/04/2022

And a very diappointing rental.

Some teenagers might like it but there' s no guarantee that they will...

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Calvary

Disappointing, not worth the time to see.

(Edit) 03/03/2022

I think this film exposes truths too often. I think everyone has heard about some Church priests being involved with sexual abuse.

The plot wasn't credible. I watched it through to the end, and wished I hadn't. The redeeming feature was the actor playing the priest

as he had dignity and soul.

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A Day in the Country

Rent this one, if you love France

(Edit) 08/12/2021

This film takes us back a few years, but has elements of the charm of French Life as it always has been.

I have holidayed in France many times, over the years so much of the story was typically like I saw it.

I was surprised that I am the first to write a few words, as I thought it completely charming........I watched

all the extra takes --and background too.

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